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Small plane crashes at Albert Whitted Airport in 'minor' incident

A plane is seen on its nose at the end of a runway at Albert Whitted Airport after crashing Saturday. [ Photo courtesy of Bryan Cook]
A plane is seen on its nose at the end of a runway at Albert Whitted Airport after crashing Saturday. [ Photo courtesy of Bryan Cook]
Published Feb. 12, 2017

ST. PETERSBURG — A Beechcraft T-34B Mentor carrying two people crashed Saturday afternoon at Albert Whitted Airport on the St. Petersburg waterfront.

No one was hurt in the accident that city officials described as "minor."

It happened about 4:40 p.m., when the civilian-operated, single-engine airplane struck the seawall at the end of the airport's Runway 25 and landed hard in the grass, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said.

The FAA will investigate the incident, Bergen said.

The T-34B was used primarily as a trainer for the Navy until early 1970s. Production began in 1955.